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Tigers look for road win at Jacksonville State


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Release: 02/07/2011
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Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team will hit the road for their third game in five days when they play Jacksonville State.

The Ohio Valley Conference match-up is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 7, inside the Mathews Coliseum.

Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. with the game airing through the Wazoo Sports Network on CSS. ESPN3.com will also stream the game. Fans can check their local listing for station identification.

The Tigers are ahead in the all-time series against the Gamecocks, 10-7, winning the last two. Earlier this season, the Tigers climbed their way out of an 18-point hole in the second half to pull off a, 68-63, win over JSU.

Robert Covington recorded a double-double, finishing with a game-high, 20 points, and 10 rebounds. RECAP...

In their last time on the floor, TSU (11-12, 8-5 OVC) jumped back in the win column at home with a, 56-47, win over Tennessee Martin on Saturday. The win cut a three-game slide and gave the Tigers an 8-2 record at the Gentry Center on the season. 

Covington posted his sixth double-double of the season with game highs, 18 points and 13 rebounds. RECAP...

On the road, TSU is 3-10 and have lost two straight conference games away from the Gentry Center. Most recently, the Tigers dropped both games on their last OVC road swing against Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky. In their last visit to Jacksonville, Ala., the Tigers suffered an, 85-67, loss on ESPNU. RECAP...

TSU will rely heavily on their top scorers, Covington, Kenny Moore, Patrick Miller and Wil Peters, to pick up the necessary road game in the final month of the regular season.

Covington is the team's top rebounder (7.5 rpg) and is the second leading scorer (13.5 ppg). He is currently the team's best shooter on the floor connecting .513.  He leads the OVC in three-point shooting (.465) and his followed in the category by teammates, Moore (.456) and Peters (.431).

Moore leads the Tigers in scoring (15.1 ppg) while pulling in 7.2 rebounds per game. Miller (11.7 ppg) and Peters (10.6 ppg) round out an offense that ranks second in free-throw (.743) and three-point (.375) percentage.

Jacksonville State hosts after suffering two straight OVC losses with defeats to Eastern Kentucky, 64-61, and Morehead State, 78-72.

JSU (4-20, 2-11) is experiencing their woes at home having lost eight straight after picking up their only win in the Mathews Coliseum over West Alabama, 79-58, to open the season. They hold a 1-8 record at home (0-7 OVC) picking up their only conference wins on the road.

Nick Murphy (15.7 ppg / 6.0 rpg), Stephen Hall (10.9 ppg) and Jeremy Bynum (10.8 ppg) power JSU's offense. Murphy is second in the league in minutes played (34.9 pg), third in steals (1.9 spg) and fourth in scoring (15.7 ppg).

Bynum is second in the conference in 3-point FG made per game (2.1 pg) and is among the bright spots for the Gamecocks who are currently ranked last in the conference standings and third in defensive rebounding (32 per game).

The TSU Tigers will play their next game on the road when they face rival Austin Peay State. The game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12, with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.


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